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Old 11-13-2008, 11:12 AM
 
Location: Portland, OR
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I want to visit Hawaii for the first timeand really feel that I would enjoy Maui over Oahu (don't want "big city" feel and lots and lots of crowds) but the flights to Honolulu are much cheaper than flights to Maui. Would it be wise to fly into Honolulu, maybe spend a night or two there and then take the ferry over to Maui? Are their cheap inter-island flights?

Also, what are the biggest differences between the two islands? Would it be good to experience both?

Thanks!!!!
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Old 11-13-2008, 01:14 PM
 
Location: Moku Nui, Hawaii
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The primary interisland choices are:

Hawaii Superferry Hawaii Superferry - Interisland Ferry Travel to Oahu & Maui
Hawaiian Airlines Hawaiian Airlines: Hawaii Vacations, Travel and Flights
Mesa/Go Airlines Go Hawaiian InterIsland Airline Flights – Mesa Discount Airfare: www.iflyGo.com: Book Flights Today

The prices aren't very cheap anymore and there aren't any coupon books anymore. Folks don't go visit their friends on the other islands as much anymore since the price of airfare has gone way up.

At the moment tourism is really down so there probably won't be crowds anywhere. Oahu is much more densely populated than Maui but has more tourist destinations than Maui. Waikiki, Pearl Harbor, Bishop Museum, Diamond Head (hiking), Hanauma Bay (snorkeling), North Shore, Polynesian Cultural Center, Germaine's Luau, I'olani Palace, etc. There are portions of Oahu which are rural but more of it is fairly densely populated than it used to be. Maui has a lot lower density of population.

What do you want to do on your vacation?
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Old 11-13-2008, 02:42 PM
 
Location: Portland, OR
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I want to spend lots of time on the beaches, snorkeling - i would love to hike through some rainforests, see some beautiful waterfalls. I want to "feel" the islands through her natural beauty. Go to some "local" festivities. I don't really care about tourist sites, though Pearl Harbor would be an experience.
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Old 11-13-2008, 02:54 PM
 
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I want to spend lots of time on the beaches, snorkeling - i would love to hike through some rainforests, see some beautiful waterfalls. I want to "feel" the islands through her natural beauty. Go to some "local" festivities. I don't really care about tourist sites, though Pearl Harbor would be an experience.
It sounds like Maui (Hana) or Kauai is a better fit for what you want to experience.
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Old 11-14-2008, 10:00 AM
 
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For my first Hawaii vacation, I flew directly into HNL and stayed overnight in Waikiki. We then did Pearl Harbor in the morning, then flew into OGG.

I did not like Waikiki at all because it reminded me of Phoenix crossed with the Jersey Shore. Don't get me wrong, I love Phoenix, and I love the Jersey Shore, but it's not what Hawaii represented to me.

I went to Maui and I LOVED it. It looked and felt like the Hawaii and I had daydreamed about for 20 years.

We're going back to Kauai and Maui on our next trip.
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Old 11-14-2008, 10:21 AM
 
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Maui is what most people think about when they imagine Hawaii. Drive the road to Hana and you will see beautiful waterfalls and botanical gardens. Snorkel south of Kihei and you will find marine sanctuaries. Hit the beaches of Kihei and you will find the white sand sugar beaches you have in your mind's eye. Avoid Kaanapali or at least get out of it if you stay there. Don't forget to visit up country Maui! The biggest downside to Maui is the traffic. Allow for it, don't get in a hurry - you're on an island, where you gonna go? Or avoid it by staying where you'll want to spend most of your time (in Kehei) If you stop over a night or two on Oahu, find a cute bed and breakfast in Kailua (opposite side of the island from Waikiki) Kailua beach is one of the most beautiful beaches on the island with fewer crowds. You can kayak or snorkel there. But even if you spend every second on Maui, you won't be disappointed, and it's worth the extra cost of getting there. Enjoy...
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Old 11-14-2008, 06:11 PM
 
Location: North Shore
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Maui is for you
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Old 11-15-2008, 07:28 AM
 
Location: Kailua, Oahu, HI and San Diego, CA
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If you stop over a night or two on Oahu, find a cute bed and breakfast in Kailua (opposite side of the island from Waikiki) Kailua beach is one of the most beautiful beaches on the island with fewer crowds. You can kayak or snorkel there..
Here are some options:

East Oahu VRBO® Vacation Rentals - East Oahu Beach Rentals & Condos (http://www.vrbo.com/vacation-rentals/usa/hawaii/oahu/east-oahu#3066 - broken link)

And here's that beach:



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